Learn how to make gorgeous and refreshing Hibiscus Pink Lemonade with these easy steps. This recipe creates one of the most delicious, nonalcoholic drinks! It is perfect for parties or just to stay cool all summer long.
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Despite the fact that I am literally the biggest baby when it comes to summer heat, I do find summer foods and drinks to be absolutely amazing.
I love the bright fresh flavors of summertime with recipes like Dill Pickle Pasta Salad, Blueberry Basil Chopped Veggie Salad and Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons.
Also, who can resist tender and incredibly flavorful BBQ like Mango Curry Grilled Chicken, Best Dry Rubbed Ribs of Your Life and Flavorful Steak Kebabs?
Let me tell you, the creation of this Hibiscus Pink Lemonade has just rounded out my summertime happiness.
It has a perfect balance of sweet to tartness and just tastes absolutely amazing.
What is Pink Lemonade?
Becoming popular sometime in the late 1800’s, pink lemonade has been synonymous with summertime ever since. Here is what is so interesting, pink lemonade tastes no different than regular lemonade. People love it because it is bright and just simply fun to look at.
What makes Pink Lemonade Pink?
Interestingly enough, there is not one set standard way to make Pink Lemonade pink. Sometimes it is berries or red fruit giving it that beautiful shade of pink. More often then not it is made with troublesome red dye.
How To Make Pink Lemonade Without Red 40
One of the easiest and most delicious ways to make this summertime drink is to use dried hibiscus flowers following these steps:
- Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Once boiling turn off heat and add 6 heaping teaspoons of dried hibiscus flowers. Seep for 10 mins and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a gallon sized pitcher.
- Meanwhile bring 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a boil until sugar melts.
- Juice 10-12 lemons (about 2 cups).
- Mix all 3 ingredients in pitcher along with enough water to make 1 full gallon.
- Chill, stir well and serve over ice.
Does Hibiscus have caffeine?
No, thankfully hibiscus flowers do not have caffeine, making this summertime drink perfect for all age groups.
Where To Buy Hibiscus Tea/Flowers
With out a shadow of a doubt I absolutely adore Feel Good Organics Hibiscus Flowers purchased on Amazon. From the moment you open the bag, you can see the quality that Feel Good Organics produces. The dried hibiscus flowers have a deep rich hue and a gorgeous aroma. In addition, the taste is literally out of this world delicious.
Using Honey Instead of Sugar
One of the most common questions about this summery drink is whether or not honey can replace the sugar. Yes, however, I do recommend that local raw organic honey be used for this recipe as compared to ordinary grocery store honey.
Simply replace the sugar with an equal amount of honey and continue following the directions as written.
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Hibiscus Pink Lemonade
- 6 heaping tsp dried hibiscus flowers
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice *about 10-12 lemons
- 1 gallon good quality water
- In a med sized sauce pan bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Once boiling take off heat and add hibiscus flowers. Seep for 10 mins or until a deep rich hue has been achieved. Strain and add to a gallon sized pitcher.
- Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan bring to a boil 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water until sugar is dissolved, about 3-4 mins. Set Aside.
- Squeeze lemons and add to pitcher. Stir in simple syrup (sugar water) and fill the remaining amount of space in the pitcher with water. Stir well and chill until cold. Stir again before serving.
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